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Posted on 04-06-2017

It's Spring again in Puget Sound!

Warmer weather means longer walks and flower fun, but it can also mean more unwelcome parasite pests and allergies for some pets. 

Make sure you pet has all that he or she needs to be healthy and have fun this spring!


1. Are you going to training or agility classes this spring? Be sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccines.
2. If you are boarding your pet while on Spring Break, be sure your pet is current on all vaccines and is free of parasites.
3. With warmer weather, fleas and intestinal parasites increase. Ensure your pet gets a monthly preventative and has their stool sample tested. When you bring in your pet for vaccines, bring in a stool sample as well.
4. Some pets have seasonal allergies that can manifest as sneezing, hair loss and even ear infections. Be sure to schedule your pet for a wellness visit to ensure he can have access to medications for his condition. Annual, or even biannual lab work ensures that he is taking the right amount of medication for him.  Sometimes, your pet may need to change a prescription.

Spring safety tips.

  1. Don't give your pet Easter candy--chocolate is dangerous to cats and dogs.
  2. Lilies can also be dangerous if your pet chews on them. Check out ASPCA for a list of dangerous plants.
  3. Don't leave your door or window open--make sure window screens are fitted safely and have no tears so that your pet does not escape.
  4. Be careful of plastic Easter grass used to line baskets. This can be tempting for cats and can cause an obstruction if ingested.
  5. While gardening, be careful to also store all herbicides and pesticides away from pets. Fertilizer can also be dangerous to pets. Follow all instructions for laying down pesticide and make sure your pet does not like to eat mulch.
  6. Finally, don't give your child a live animal as an Easter gift. Ducklings, chicks and rabbits require a commitment and care the same as a dog or cat. 

What kind of Easter treat can you give your dog or cat? This carrot cake!

From DogTreatKitchen.com

 

Ingredients:

Muffins:

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Frosting:

  • 8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened

Instructions:

Muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Lightly spray cups of muffin tin.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the carrots, eggs and applesauce. Set aside.
  4. In another medium bowl whisk together the cinnamon, oats and flour.
  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Stir until well blended.
  6. Spoon mixture into muffin tin. The dough will be thick, so you may wet your fingers to press the dough into place.
  7. The dog cupcake will not rise very much, so do not worry about over filling the muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting or serving.

Frosting:

  1. Blend both ingredients with a hand mixer until well blended.
  2. Spoon into a pastry bag for easy decorating.

Storing: These dog cupcakes will keep fresh in your refrigerator for 2 weeks. You can freeze them for up to 2 months. If you are going to freeze them, do not decorate with the frosting until they have thawed. For more information on how to store homemade dog treats please review our tips.

And here is a coupon for you!

Print out this newsletter, and you will get $10.00 off of your next service at the Animal Hospital of Lynnwood and the Animal Wellness Center. Offer is good until April 30 2017. Does not apply to taxable items such as food or medicine.

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